Gordon Bray joins TEN Rugby commentators

Gordon BrayGordon Bray, “The Voice of Rugby,” is joining TEN’s team of sports commentators.

He joins previously announced former Wallaby Matt Burke for the 2013 British & Irish Lions Rugby Tour and The Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship.

Bray will make his debut at the first Test between the Wallabies and the British & Irish Lions on Saturday, June 22.

With a career spanning over 40 years in broadcasting across all the leading networks, Bray is rugby’s voice of experience and authority, further bolstering TEN’s commitment to the sport in what is set to be a huge year for the Wallabies.

Gordon Bray said: “I am thrilled to be joining Network Ten as the Chief Rugby commentator, especially in this year of the Lions Series. The Lions Tour of Australia is held every 12 years so this is a once in a lifetime experience for the players. Having previously called the 1989 and 2001 series, I feel very privileged to be commentating on my third Lions campaign.

“I am confident that Network Ten’s energy and commitment to broadcasting a superior rugby telecast nationally will help make this one of the sporting events of the year.”

Network Ten Head of Sport, David Barham, said: “It is a real coup for Network Ten to have Gordon Bray as part of our rugby commentary team.

“Gordon’s passion and excitement for the game is unparalleled. He is without a doubt ‘the voice of rugby’ for all seasons, all grades and all nations.”

TEN is the exclusive free-to-air television broadcaster of the Wallabies Test matches until the end of 2015 and will broadcast all games live, nationally.

10 Comments:

  1. Richard Egan

    Well I for one am a person in the 87% of people who are unable to afford pay TV. An aged pensioner on a fixed income. The only reason I would ever consider subscribing to Foxtel is for the rugby & am grateful that Rugby is renewing a brief return after being butchered by seven, nine & ten in the past. Seven takes a great sport & turns them into a minnow. My complaint is why TEN has not purchased the other six matches as they are not controlled under the SANSAR umbrella. I believe if TEN had any balls they would bid for free to air rights for matches featuring Australian Franchise matches. I would watch these matches on a one hour delay, just like foxtel does with AFL & NRL I am assuming that they would assemble a professional commentary team & not simply sit in a studio taking the Foxtel feed. TEN should play with the big boys to achieve some credibility in sports broadcasting & not simply take their feeds. Big Bash is just as much a gamble as adding the six nations to your roster, which I understand is not controlled by B-Sky-B or Foxtel. Giant strides can be achieved by small steps & now all free to air, 83% of the viewing audience, is available in two levels of Digital transmission. Perhaps it would be worthwhile to compare the % of viewers who have 1080 high definition reception.
    Richard Egan.

  2. Sure people in NSW and qld might be excited by ten exclusiveness of this sport. But most of Australia could not give a toss!!! Once again. Ten have rights to a sport nine and seven don’t want.

  3. I am waiting to see if Stephen Quartermain and Tim Lane will be hosting TEN’s coverage of rugby union but no doubt they will be commentating 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

  4. Very happy. That means I don’t have to listen to the one-eyed commentary on Fox Sports and have an alternative feed on TEN. Hope they sign Stephen Larkham

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